Rachel Stern takes an in­stru­men­tal tour through Ber­lin for the city’s most fa­mous live- mu­sic fes­ti­val of the sum­mer.

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Mu­sic re­ver­ber­ates through the city for Fete de la Musique.

From rooftops to street cor­ners, Ber­lin re­ver­ber­ates with mu­sic to mark the first day of sum­mer, Wed­nes­day, 21 June. Tak­ing place ev­ery year since 1995, the free, live mu­sic fes­ti­val Fête de la Musique (www.fet­ede­la­musique.de) presents over 100 artists, rang­ing from ex­per­i­men­tal per­cus­sion­ists to cham­ber mu­si­cians, spread through­out ev­ery neigh­bor­hood of Ber­lin. Ger­many joins 120 other coun­tries in cel­e­brat­ing the fa­mous

French fes­ti­val. Read on for some of our fa­vorite per­for­mances, which play from 4pm un­til 10pm as the last bit of sun sweeps across the sum­mer sky.

No fête would be com­plete with­out the many artists and mas­sive danc­ing crowds that fill the au­di­to­rium at Mauer­park (Gleim­str. 55, www.m au er park. info ), play­ing ev­ery­thing from pro­gres­sive to punk un­der a grassy knoll and graf­fiti-laced back­drop. Catch also the smaller spon­ta­neous mu­si­cal acts that pop up around the park through­out the evening.

For a more re­lax­ing mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence, bring your yoga mats to BeachMitte (Caro­lineMichael is-S tr .8, www.beach­ber­lin.de). Stretch out your toes into the sandy beach as live, med­i­ta­tive mu­sic plays and in­struc­tors from Yoga United (www.yoga-united.de) lead yo­gis of all lev­els.

For those keen on keep­ing the party go­ing into the a.m., visit the nearby Mein Haus am

See (Brun­nen­straße 197-198, www.mein-hausam-see.club), fa­mous for their stylish elec­tro and be­ing open 24/7. The for­mer ware­house and book­shop is a sprawl­ing space dot­ted with comfy couches, a stel­lar cock­tail bar, and mul­ti­ple mu­si­cal acts.

For a dif­fer­ent kind of mu­si­cal en­counter, head to the REFoRGELN & friends (Beussel­str. 35, www.refo-moabit.de) re­form church in Moabit, where a line-up of or­gan tunes re­ver­ber­ate the whole evening. Artist Erik Hoeppe leads a chil­dren’s pro­gram through­out the evening, teach­ing both choir singing and the art of play­ing the mighty church in­stru­ment it­self.

For a cel­e­bra­tion along the Spree, check out the am­bi­ent ipse lounge at the

Freis­chwim­mer Res­tau­rant ( Vor dem Sch­le­sis­chen Tor 2a, www.ipse-ber­lin.com) for a mul­ti­fac­eted line-up. This year’s in­cludes jazz and pop mu­si­cian Emma Lon­gard, singer and song­writer and, as the evening draws to a close, house mu­sic from Meggy, Click|Click und Niko Sch­wind.

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